Wi-fi Assist and Other Data Busting Disasters

This week is all about mobility. Today we’ll be covering cost control and wireless features that can blow your wireless costs through the roof.

Mobile data is such a delicate dance, trying hard to stay within the confines of 3GB or 10 GB per month. And then accidentally downloading that app, or watching a movie preview while not on wi-fi. Agh! We have such powerful tools that fit in the palm of our hand, but the dangers of going over always lurk…using too much data and enjoying the power of internet from anywhere.

Released last month, the iPhone 6S has a plethora of new features, things that make our lives easier. The most controversial of them? Wi-fi assist. You may have seen the outrage that happened across the internet last month. An unexpected $17,000 cell phone bill? Whoa.

What is wi-fi assist?

It’s a new iPhone feature that shifts you to cellular data usage if your connected wi-fi signal is low or lacking. The intent is to give you the smoothest experience possibly…it’s convenient and curbs frustration from low wi-fi signals. The downside? If you don’t have an unlimited data plan, you’re depleting your monthly supply without even noticing. It’s our prerogative to turn it off, and as soon as possible.

How do I turn it off?

It’s a 2-second turn off. Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll all the way to the bottom. You’ll see the Wi-Fi Assist option toggled on by default. Turn it off and take a breath of relief.

But wait there’s more. There are many other things that can be toggled to assist in saving your data plan every month. Here are a few more…

Other Thoughts on Reducing Data Busting Features

Restrict Apps From Using Cellular Data: Manually decide which apps can use your data plan. From Settings> Cellular and tick off the apps you don’t use regularly, or anything that streams video or music.

Disable Background App Refresh: Did you know that your phone might be updating and downloading new content within apps when you’re not using them? Turn off background app refresh and your apps will only use data bandwidth when you are using them. Whew. To access Background App Refresh on your iPhone, open Settings, click General, and then Background App Refresh.

Data Saver (In Google Chrome): This is an easy one. Google Chrome has a lovely built-in data saver feature specifically for mobile use. Within the Chrome app, click settings, Bandwidth, and select Data Saver. You’ll even get live stats about how much data you’ve saved since turning on the feature.

Turn Off Push & Fetch: Your phone is set up to automatically check for new mail and messages at set intervals. For example, if you use Gmail – your phone is regularly checking their servers for new mail and calendar events. Turn off background app refresh and fetching for apps like Gmail, that you can check manually and as needed.

Is your company’s data plan getting maxed every month? It might be time to round up the troops and get to the bottom of your data problems. Tap Valicom for suggestions for pooling data plans and minutes and making the most of your mobile expenses. Whether you have COPE or BYOD policies, we can point you in the right direction.